Client: Canberra Airport Group
Capital Airport Group (CAG) engaged AMC in early 2017 to assist in the redevelopment of the existing gym and end of trip facilities at Brindabella Business Park (BBP) at Canberra International Airport. The existing gym, one of the first buildings constructed within the precinct, required an update to meet the demands of building users occupying the numerous commercial office buildings constructed in recent years and better align with the quality of the facilities generally required by CAG.
Initially the brief required a simple refurbishment of the existing amenities and an extension of the Gymnasium. However after the preparation of design concepts it was established that this approach would not adequately achieve CAG’s objectives and that a more extensive and indeed new building was required.
The final form of the project included a 500m2 gymnasium, small café, substantial end of trip facilities and a new secure bike area accommodating up to 150 bikes. The building provides a pedestrian link to the adjacent carpark and will act as gateway to the significant number of building users arriving at BBP by car and bicycle. The building’s distinctive sculptural form sets it apart from adjacent commercial office buildings, creating an iconic marker building and destination in its own right. The low scale nature of the building with its semi-transparent and layered skin of timber battens, backed by dark grey metal and glazing created a soft and inviting counter point to the relatively hard aluminium clad corporate buildings of BBP. Construction is well underway with completion expected in early 2020.